O Lord that seest from yon starry height (Charles Wood)

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  • (Posted 2015-12-24)   CPDL #37953:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2015-12-24).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 173 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch.

General Information

Title: O Lord that seest from yon starry height
Composer: Charles Wood
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1919

Description: Charles Wood's setting of Longfellow's poem "The image of God", for SATB chorus and organ.

Original text and translations

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O Lord! that seest from yon starry height,
Centred in one the future and the past,
Fashioned in thine own image, see how fast
The world obscures in me what once was bright!
Eternal Sun! the warmth which thou hast given,
To cheer life's flowery April, fast decays;
Yet in the hoary winter of my days,
Forever green shall be my trust in Heaven.
Celestial King! O let thy presence pass
Before my spirit, and an image fair
Shall meet that look of mercy from on high,
As the reflected image in a glass
Doth meet the look of him who seeks it there,
And owes its being to the gazer's eye.